Film Star Bo Derek Braved the Currents for Recent Open Water Swim in Turkey

By Steve Munatones, Swimming World open water contributor and founder of The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, September 30. BO Derek, the iconic star of the film 10, has joined the open water swimming world.

Thirty-four years after starring in 10, the 57-year-old recently attempted and completed a swim across the Hellespont in Turkey, finishing sixth in her age group. Derek, who trained for a year, admitted the swim was “some sort of midlife crisis for sure, probably my third.”

In the interview below, one of the world’s most popular sex symbols of the 1980s explains, “All of a sudden I’m in the busiest shipping lane in the world — my goal is four miles away — and I have to get there. It was the worst day in the swim’s history for weather. The currents were constantly against us or we were swimming cross current.”

Women’s race results
1. Cathy Neville (USA) 1:28:19.48
2. Diana Ritchie (AUS) 1:42:29.05
3. Sylvie Kruchten (CAN) 1:44:33.65
4. Catherine Burton (USA) 1:48:31.91
5. Sally Ann Stewart (UK) 1:48:50.13
6. Bo Derek (USA) 1:52:55.14
7. Susan Wilmoth (AUS) 1:52:57.91
8. Kim Miller (USA) 1:55:22.22
9. Kare Cossaboon (USA) 1:56:26.57

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